National Vital Statistics System
The National Vital Statistics System is the oldest and most successful example of inter-governmental data sharing in Public Health and the shared relationships, standards, and procedures form the mechanism by which NCHS collects and disseminates the Nation's official vital statistics. These data are provided through contracts between NCHS and vital registration systems operated in the various jurisdictions legally responsible for the registration of vital events – births, deaths, marriages, divorces, and fetal deaths.
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e-Vital Standards Initiatives
- Deaths: Leading Causes for 2014 [PDF- 3.45 MB] (6/2016)
- Deaths: Final Data for 2014 [PDF- 4.37 MB] (6/2016)
- The Effect of Changes in Selected Age-specific Causes of Death on Non-Hispanic White Life Expectancy Between 2000 and 2014 (6/2016)
- Births: Preliminary Data for 2015 [PDF -578 KB] (6/2016)
- Quarterly Provisional Estimates for Selected Causes of Death: 2014-Quarter 4, 2015 (6/2016)
- Declines in Triplet and Higher-order Multiple Births in the United States, 1998–2014 (4/2016)
- Increase in Suicide in the United States, 1999–2014 (4/2016)
- Suicide Rates for Females and Males by Race and Ethnicity: United States, 1999 and 2014 (4/2016)
- Page last reviewed: February 16, 2016
- Page last updated: February 16, 2016
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